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Matt Passmore – Logan Nelson
Callum Keith Rennie – Det. Halloran
Clé Bennett – Det. Keith Hunt
Laura Vandervoort – Anna
Hannah Emily Anderson – Eleanor
Paul Braunstein – Ryan
Tobin Bell – Jigsaw
You can tell instantly that the producers wanted to make this revamp of the Saw series special. It’s been about eight years since Saw VI and Saw 3D, and here we are with Jigsaw – just as gruesome as its predecessors but lacking slightly in action (more of that later).
The opening scene involving the ‘bucket heads’ game is a brilliant opener. The contestants awaken, acknowledge their situation, and shit themselves. I won’t lie – I had my phone in my hand to text someone but just couldn’t tear my eyes away from the screen, wondering if the victims would escape. The shiny metallic surroundings and sense of claustrophobia are the perfect ingredients the movie needs, and although Jigsaw might be a bit tacky, this opening scene sets it up brilliantly.
The final scene displays a death so incredibly gruesome that the producers are to be applauded on the imagination of it. Gore-wise, it is fantastic but if you get squeamish at the sight of blood or flesh then BE WARNED – this final death will have you climbing the walls. Freaky stuff.
A familiar face from a previous Saw film returns. And it’s a shocker – even I felt my mouth drop open in surprise. I may have just let out a spoiler – but then I haven’t told you exactly who it is, so there.
This movie overall is dull. It mostly consists of two or three lead characters stood around, discussing the Jigsaw killer and (pun needed) piecing together clues leading to this round’s predator.
Each Saw film I’ve seen has included a bunch of cops played by unknown random actors going about their ‘coppy’ activities in a world almost parallel to our own – same again. You get a load of detectives you’ve never seen before strutting round the side of their vehicles in long jackets, delivering classic, “you think it’s the same guy?” dialogue.
It’s boring. End of.
Give this a watch, purely to round-up the series. Otherwise, give it a miss.